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What Are Some Popular Japanese Desserts?

In Japan, both traditional and Western desserts are beloved by many. Keep reading to learn about some of the sweets that Japanese restaurants, confectionaries, and street vendors often serve in Japan.

Fruit Sandwiches

If you’re like many people, then you imagine something savory when you think about enjoying a sandwich. In Japan, however, fruit sandwiches are a popular snack. This simple dessert is made by placing whipped cream and fresh fruit in between sliced bread.


Originating in France and now adapted to Japanese tastes, the parfait is an iconic dessert in Japan. This treat is often made by layering corn flakes, ice cream, and chocolate sauce, and then topping the dish with options like whipped cream, sponge cake, fresh fruit, and sprinkles.

Ice Cream

Hugely popular and a preferred summer snack for many, soft serve ice cream is offered and enjoyed throughout Japan. Rice dumplings filled with ice cream are another option for those who love this frozen dessert. While traditional ice cream flavors are popular, you can also find options like wasabi, matcha, and red bean.

Coffee Jelly

This is another dessert that is a favorite summertime treat in Japan. Coffee jelly is a simple dish made with sweetened, coffee-flavored jelly, and it is often enjoyed with ice cream, whipped cream, or sweetened condensed milk.


While you may associate crepes with fine French dining, in Japan, they have become a readily available street food. Often sold by street vendors and wrapped in paper for easy carrying, crepes can have a variety of fillings, such as ice cream, chopped nuts, fresh fruit, and chocolate sauce.


Wagashi are traditional Japanese desserts that are often enjoyed with tea. The variety that is commonly associated with wagashi and the tea ceremony is called namagashi. Namagashi sweets are made using rice flour and a sweet bean filling, and they are hand-formed into shapes that reflect the season.

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The Owara Kaze-no-Bon Festival: Praying for a Rich Harvest

If you enjoy dining at Japanese restaurants, then you might find it interesting to learn that in Japan, the Owara Kaze-no-Bon Festival is held each year to pray for a good harvest that will provide food for the town by protecting crops from wind damage.

Held annually in Toyama City on the first three days of September, the Owara Kaze-no-Bon Festival is a traditional event that is designed to appease the wind and promote a successful and bountiful harvest. This folk festival corresponds with the 210 th day after the first day of spring, which is a date that’s said to be affected by calamities that affect agriculture. To help protect farms from typhoons, the men and women of the town cease work during the festival days, light lanterns, dance at night, and pray for a rich harvest.

If you’d like to get a taste of authentic Japanese dining, teppanyaki, and culture here at home, then come and try the delicious cuisine served at House of Genji. To schedule your reservation at our Japanese steakhouse in San Jose, call (408) 453-8120.

A Look at the Story of Miso

When you visit a Japanese restaurant, you’ll find that most meals are served with miso soup. Many people in the U.S. dismiss it as a simple side dish, but this soup and the miso that it is made with has cultural significance in Japan. Watch this video to learn about the story of miso.

Traditional miso is made from a fermented combination of soybeans and rice. In Japanese culture, miso holds an important place and has been made for hundreds of years. Miso is now thoroughly incorporated into Japanese cuisine, and miso soup is usually served with traditional breakfasts.

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Why Teppanyaki Dining Is a Great Way to Celebrate

For many fans of Japanese dining, teppanyaki is the number one way to celebrate special occasions. If you’re looking for a fun, group dining atmosphere for an upcoming event, then keep reading to learn why teppanyaki is an excellent option.

It offers something for everyone.

Do you have some fickle eaters in your party? If so, then teppanyaki can be the perfect dining environment for the celebration. At the restaurant, your chef will prepare a wide range of ingredients right at your table, including meat, vegetables, and fried rice. For this reason, if you want everyone to feel included in the fun and interactive dining atmosphere, then going out for teppanyaki is a great choice.

It’s great for entertaining.

When it comes to finding dining that’s both tasty and entertaining, few options fit the bill as well as teppanyaki does. While displaying flare and gusto, teppanyaki chefs prepare dishes right at your table. This atmosphere can be a welcome change for anyone who is bored with the typical dining experience.

It’s perfect for groups.

Teppanyaki is typically prepared on a large grill that is surrounded on three sides by seating. When you choose teppanyaki to celebrate a special occasion, each member of your group can enjoy a great view of the cooking area, as well as converse with other attendees. This setting makes conversation fluid and natural, which can be particularly beneficial for work and business celebrations.

It’s fun for all ages.

No matter the ages of those in your group, everyone is sure to enjoy the teppanyaki dining experience. While sitting around the large table and watching their food being prepared with skill and enthusiasm, individuals young, old, and everything in between are known to watch the display with awe and anticipation.

At House of Genji, we use the finest ingredients and create an entertaining atmosphere while preparing delicious teppanyaki in San Jose. To reserve your table, please call (408) 453-8120.

Spotlight on the Mai Tai

At your favorite Japanese restaurant, you may have noticed the Mai Tai listed on the cocktail menu. Whether you’ve tried this drink and loved it or wonder if it’s a beverage that you might enjoy, continue reading to discover some interesting facts about this popular drink.

The Mai Tai’s Origin

It’s rumored that when the Mai Tai cocktail was first available, its popularity depleted rum supplies. Whether this story holds water is up for debate, but the Mai Tai has been and continues to be an incredibly popular drink. Although there are several theories regarding the Mai Tai’s origin, most people attribute its invention to Victor J. Bergeron, who is better known as Trader Vic, the founder of a Polynesian-themed restaurant chain that began in Oakland, California. It’s said that, in 1944, when Trader Vic first mixed the beverage for some friends visiting from Tahiti, that one was so delighted with the flavor that she exclaimed " maita’i roa a’e," which means “out of this world!” Trader Vic then dubbed the cocktail the Mai Tai.

The Mai Tai’s Original Recipe

Like many popular cocktails, variations of the Mai Tai have been concocted over the years, leaving many people confused about what goes into a traditional version of this drink. Although not everyone agrees about the ingredients, the consensus is that rum, fresh lime juice, Orgeat, orange curacao or triple sec, and simple syrup are Mai Tai fundamentals. The drink is traditionally shaken with ice and served over crushed ice, and may be garnished with a sprig of mint or lime wedge.

The Mai Tai’s Evolution

While many people favor the original Mai Tai recipe, plenty enjoy exploring the variations that have been created over the years. Some of the ingredients that you may see used in Mai Tai variations include mango puree, pineapple juice, muddled blueberries, mezcal, cachaça, absinthe, and blended scotch.

At House of Genji, our Japanese steakhouse features a cocktail lounge and teppanyaki dining in San Jose. If you’d like to learn more or make a reservation, then please give us a call at (408) 453-8120.

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